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« on: April 08, 2010, 04:21:46 PM »

I've resurrected an old laptop, mainly for my wife to use for e-mail, photos, word processing, etc.
   
There's not going to be much on it and nothing much will be lost if it crashes (important files backed up to a separate hard drive). Still, I'd like to find a decent, free anti-virus/malware for it, if anyone here has any recommendations.
         
Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2010, 05:03:31 PM »

Avast always gets good reviews although lately Microsoft security essentials seems to be the flavor of the month...and fwiw, it is what I am using.
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« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2010, 05:12:36 PM »

Thanks walTer!
     
I really appreciate the reply. It looks like security essentials will be the way to go, but I'll check Avast, too.
   
Thanks again!
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« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2010, 12:12:13 AM »

Been an avast! user for quite a few months now on both of my rigs (laptop and gaming PC) and haven't had a problem with it on either.
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« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2010, 12:19:17 AM »

been using Microsoft Security Essentials for a couple of weeks and it seems to be pretty unintrusive, and I remember seeing others talk about it too.
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« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2010, 06:02:44 PM »

Quote from: CeeKay on April 09, 2010, 12:19:17 AM

been using Microsoft Security Essentials for a couple of weeks and it seems to be pretty unintrusive, and I remember seeing others talk about it too.

Another vote for Microsoft Security Essentials smile
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« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2010, 01:30:06 PM »

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« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2010, 02:07:13 PM »

AVG.
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« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2010, 08:18:45 PM »

I've been happy with MSE too
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« Reply #9 on: April 12, 2010, 09:40:59 AM »

Yeah, MSE here too. Used to use AVG, it's pretty good too. But switched to MSE because it's faster, lighter and doesn't try to get me to buy the Pro version or something.
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« Reply #10 on: April 12, 2010, 04:39:07 PM »

Quote from: ravenvii on April 12, 2010, 09:40:59 AM

Yeah, MSE here too. Used to use AVG, it's pretty good too. But switched to MSE because it's faster, lighter and doesn't try to get me to buy the Pro version or something.

Yep, same reasons here.  AVG 8 changed how they do things and it became obnoxious.  I don't remember the details but something about it constantly phoning home while on the internet that was making it bog down. 
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« Reply #11 on: April 13, 2010, 01:31:40 AM »

I recently switched to MSE after a long run with AVG.  AVG was starting to interfere with things, and also likely hard locked up my PC not too long ago.  The switch to MSE was very easy.
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« Reply #12 on: April 13, 2010, 02:33:31 AM »

Been using Avast for years and never had a problem with it.
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« Reply #13 on: April 13, 2010, 05:34:16 AM »

Currently using Avira, nice and smooth. Was using AVG before, decided to branch out.

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« Reply #14 on: April 13, 2010, 03:23:56 PM »

AVG here, but I had some issues with the last major update. They did resolve, but for a couple of weeks there I was getting dumped back to the desktop occasionally from what I was playing.
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